Spanish Adverbs Ending in “MENTE” – The Ultimate Guide

Spanish Adverbs with Ending Mente

Welcome to our grammar lesson about Spanish Adverbs ending in -mente.

Adverbs ending in -mente , such as “normalmente” or “simplemente”,  are the equivalent of English words ending in “-ly”: normally, simply, etc.

It is very easy to take an adjective in Spanish and transform it into an adverb ending in -mente, following a simple process.

In this lesson we will learn and apply that process, creating some adverbs ending in -mente. After we have created our adverbs, we will read some example sentences containing them.

At the end you’ll also find a Quiz and an Exercise for practice.

Forming Adverbs ending in “-mente”

In order to form a Spanish adverb ending in -mente,  we need to follow 3 simple steps:

  1. Think of any Spanish adjective
  2. Take the feminine form of that adjective
  3. Attach -mente at the end of that feminine form


Let’s pick a few adjectives go through the process, transforming them into -mente adverbs:

1. Think of any Spanish adjective

I just thought of these 4 adjectives!:

  • Desgraciado = unfortunate
  • Intenso = intense
  • Fácil = easy
  • Alegre = happy

2. Take the feminine form of that adjective

Out of the 4 adjectives I thought, the first two have a feminine form which is different from the masculine. For the other two, the feminine form is the same as the masculine:

AdjectiveFeminine Form
desgraciadodesgraciada
intensointensa
fácilfácil
alegrealegre

3. Attach “-mente” at the end of the feminine form

This is the final step: just attach -mente at the end of the feminine form.

Let’s complete our chart and see the final result:

AdjectiveFeminine FormAdverb ending in "-mente"
desgraciadodesgraciadadesgraciamente
intensointensaintensamente
fácilfácilfácilmente
alegrealegrealegremente


We have completed the process successfully, and obtained 4 adverbs ending in -mente:

  • Desgraciadamente = unfortunately
  • Intensamente = intensely
  • Fácilmente = easily
  • Alegremente = happily


About Accent Marks on “-mente” adverbs

If the original adjective had an accent mark, then the adverb with “-mente” has it too. Otherwise it doesn’t have it. Very simple!

For example, out of the 4 adverbs we have formed, only “fácilmente” has an accent mark, because “fácil” had it too.

Example sentences including “-mente” adverbs

Finally, here are some sentences which include the “-mente” adverbs we just created:

Desgraciadamente, este año no tengo tiempo para viajar.
Unfortunately, I don’t have time to travel this year.

Ella trabaja intensamente.
She works intensely.

Paula resolvió fácilmente el problema.
Paula solved the problem easily.

Los niños cantaban alegremente.
The children were singing happily.

List with more “-mente” adverbs

Here’s a list of some frequent adverbs ending in -mente, created from adjectives:

AdjectiveAdverb ending in "-mente"Meaning
absolutoabsolutamenteabsolutely
afortunadoafortunadamenteluckily
brevebrevementebriefly
casualcasualmentecasually, incidentally
claroclaramenteclearly
completocompletamentecompletely
especialespecialmentespecially
finalfinalmentefinally
honestohonestamentehonestly
lentolentamenteslowly
ligeroligeramenteslightly
necesarionecesariamentenecessarily
normalnormalmentenormally, usually
principalprincipalmentemainly
rápidorápidamentequickly
simplesimplementefortunately
sincerosinceramentesincerely
totaltotalmentetotally
tristetristementesadly
tranquilotranquilamentecalmly
últimoúltimamentelately
pacientepacientementepatiently

Practice

Quiz

Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about Spanish adverbs ending in -mente:

Exercise

Fill the gaps in your mind or on a piece of paper using Spanish -mente adverbs created from the adjectives in brackets. Then check the solutions below:

Tenemos que hacer las cosas _____ 1.(correcto).
Es un artista _____ 2.(simple) genial.
El anillo me parece _____ 3.(excesivo) caro.
Antonio es un profesional _____ 4.(tremendo) eficaz.
El tema está _____ 5.(perfecto) claro.
Nosotros vamos al cine _____ 6.(frecuente).

Solutions to the Exercise: 1 = correctamente, 2 = simplemente, 3 = excesivamente, 4 = tremendamente, 5 = perfectamente, 6 = frecuentemente